Rasika is not only D.C.’s best Indian restaurant, it’s also easy on your wallet. Expect Indian staples such as buttery, spice-laden chicken makhani, as well as more inventive concoctions like lamb chettinad—a tantalizing combination of lamb, fennel, cashews, coconut, star anise, and curry leaves. Definitely leave room for desert—the chef will recommend the signature desert, gulab jamun, but the staff universally (and rightly) sides with the transcendental date and toffee pudding. The candle-lit interiors and red-topped tables give Rasika a decidedly romantic air—although the bold curtain of crystal beads suspended from the ceiling looks out of place.
- Open Hours: Monday to Thursday from 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM, Friday from 11:30 AM to 12:00 AM, Saturday from 05:30 PM to 12:00 AM
- Credit Cards Accepted: visa, mastercard, amex, discover
- Takeout Available: Yes
- Nearest Train: Archives Metro Station